Sunday at Scarboro – Nov 11, 2018

Worship Start Time: 10:30am
Theme: Remembrance Sunday

Whomever you love, however you identify & express yourself - you are welcome here.

Come to Scarboro as we worship together every Sunday at 10:30am. We will have the coffee on at 10, so come early and catch up with your community. There will be more time for coffee, tea and conversation after the service in the Marilyn Perkins - Memorial Hall.

This Sunday's worship includes a ceremony of remembrance, featuring guest musician, Chris Morrison. At sunset we will join communities across Canada, ringing our bells 100 times to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, as a part of the Bells of Peace.

At 2pm Chris, along with the rest of Foothills Brass, will be playing Music of the 40's in the Sanctuary. Concert tickets available at the door.


Reflection for Nov. 11, 2018: 100 years since Amstice (Based on Mark 12.38-44)

Rev. Erin Klassen

At first glance, this passage is about sacrifice. Look at how little this woman has, and yet she has given it all. But it is less about sentimentality and more about prophetically challenging the powers that be. Yes, she is lifted up as generous and faithful, but Jesus’ primary point here is a critique of the (religious) powers that be and a celebration of how God is turning the world upside down.

 

This is where we must tread carefully, because examples like this criticism of the scribes, while warranted, have been twisted in both the distant and recent past to justify hatred and harm toward Jewish people. It is 80 years since Kristallnacht, the beginning of the Holocaust, and only 2 weeks since the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We have a responsibility to ensure that our Scripture is not used to persecute any one group of people.

 

So, let us look at it carefully then.

In the gospel of Mark, Jesus has many positive interactions with the religious authorities, as well as contentious ones such as this. His concern is not their Jewishness, after all, he shares that heritage and faith. What draws his attention, is arrogance and hypocrisy. Issues that we all face. He is warning against those who are pretentious, who place themselves first and foremost, at the expense of others.

 

So much so that “they devour widows’ houses”. I don’t know about you, but I almost missed that part. What he is saying here is shorthand for economic oppression. This widow who has nothing, is without because these people in authority and power have taken everything from her. And yet, and yet, she still gives what little she has to this flawed institution run by flawed people.

 

Why?

Because of her faith.

She knows the reality of what is. But she also knows what could be.

 

This is what we honour today as well. Those brave folks who gave what they could. Those who left, and those who were left behind, those who came home forever changed. They sacrificed everything for what could be.

 

Our systems, our governments, our churches, they are all human institutions, and as such are incredibly imperfect. We know this. But we also know that they and we can be more.

 

On this day, just as with this scripture, we need to ensure that we don’t fall into sentimentality.

We need to see and honour the sacrifice that was made.

But more than that, we need to see and honour the faith and generosity behind those sacrifices.

They gave everything. Because they believed that things should and could be different.

We have a responsibility to live into that vision, that hope.

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